Cockroaches - Control Methods
We humans seem to have an instinctive aversion to cockroaches, and for good reason. Among the hardiest and ubiquitous of insect pests, cockroaches can carry bacteria and spread diseases (such as gastroenteritis), and they’re known to trigger severe allergy attacks and worsen asthma. Their secretions contaminate food, destroy paper and fabric, and leave bad odors and stains. What’s not to hate?
There are many, many species of cockroaches, of which the German cockroach is the one most commonly found in houses and apartments, restaurants and hotels. A relatively small species, these insects are about 1/2 to 2/3 inch in length and are characterized by a pair of dark streaks on their flattened backs. They must have moisture, which means they usually show up in kitchens and bathrooms.
Other common species include the larger American cockroach and the Oriental cockroach, or “water bug,” both of which usually are found outdoors or in masonry away from buildings. Most cockroaches are nocturnal, the exception being the Asian cockroach, which is actually attracted to light. It’s important to determine what type of cockroach is present, since control measures depend on the species.
The presence of any cockroach species indicates that food and water are available to them, so effective control starts with finding out where they’re getting these resources, how they’re getting in, and where on your premises they’re taking refuge. Anderson Pest Control’s technicians will conduct a thorough inspection to identify food, water, and harborage sites, then outline a comprehensive plan to eliminate the pests and deny further access.
Treatment typically includes traps to help identify where the cockroach populations are concentrated. Baits, dusts, and residual chemical insecticides may be used in combination to eliminate the existing insect population and keep the problem from re-emerging. We use the least toxic approach that will still get the job done. It’s important to employ an integrated approach, closing off entry points by repairing plumbing leaks and sealing cracks in cupboards and other dark spaces that may harbor the insects.
We’ll also outline prevention strategies to help you keep your property free of cockroaches. Consistent sanitation measures are critical for ongoing success, from keeping food in sealed containers to reducing clutter, vacuuming frequently, and repairing leaks.